Harrisburg, Pennsylvania—Americans for Prosperity Action (AFP Action) today threw its support behind State Representative Rob Mercuri (LD-28) and State Representative Ryan Mackenzie (LD-187) in their bid to flip two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mercuri is running for the 17th Congressional District in Allegheny County, currently represented by freshman Rep. Chris Deluzio and Mackenzie is running for the 7th District in the Lehigh Valley, currently held by Democratic incumbent Rep. Susan Wild.
This election cycle, AFP Action is getting involved in races earlier than ever to ensure that strong policy champions are on the ballot in November. These two endorsements are part of a second wave of Congressional endorsements from AFP Action which also includes State Representative Craig Reidel in Ohio, former State Senator Tom Barrett in Michigan, and State Treasurer Riley Moore in West Virginia.
AFP Action senior advisor for Pennsylvania, Ashley Klingensmith gave the following after the announcement:
“Rob and Ryan have been reliable voices in Harrisburg, championing the policy solutions to our most pressing issues. It’s time for them to take those solutions to the next level and give Pennsylvanians the principled representation they sorely need in Washington. We’re excited to back these two outstanding candidates to ensure that Pennsylvanians in greater Pittsburgh and the greater Lehigh Valley have quality choices in next year’s general election.”
Nathan Nascimento, AFP Action Director issued the following statement:
“Earlier this year, AFP Action promised to get involved in more primaries and more races than ever before, because our nation is at a crossroads and we need to elect strong candidates to get our country back on track.
“Between backing Mackenzie and Mercuri in their primary elections, and throwing our support behind Dave McCormick for Senate, AFP Action is ensuring the Keystone State has the best possible choices next November.”
To date this year, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has already reached out to over 4.3 million potential Republican primary voters in key battleground states to understand what issues matter most to them and what they are looking for in candidates for state and federal office next year. AFP-Action will acquire this data to bring new voters into the primary process.
In 2022, AFP and AFP Action engaged in 457 races, knocking on more than 7 million doors, delivering over 100 million pieces of mail, and reaching millions more voters through phone and email.
Background on AFP-Action Endorsements:
State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (PA-187)
As Republican Chair of the House Labor and Industry Committee, State Rep. Mackenzie has fought back against job-killing legislation and threats to small businesses while championing worker freedom and job creators when it comes to regulatory reform, taxes, and health care. In his tweleve years in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, he’s been a reliable steward of taxpayer dollars and regularly champions legislation that would put important guardrails on government spending. Last year, Mackenzie was one of only 13 state representatives to earn an “A” on Americans for Prosperity-Pennsylvania’s annual voting scorecard.
State Rep. Rob Mercuri (PA-28)
State Rep. Rob Mercuri has applied his knowledge of banking and finance and first-hand experience as a small-business owner to champion important regulatory and fiscal issues in Harrisburg. As soon as he was sworn into office he made every vote count by voting for reduced government spending, simpler tax codes, and more abundant domestic energy production.